Wednesday, March 04, 2009

American Q & A: Canada’s Role In "The War in Afghanistan"

An expansive and informal conversation, with the University of Ottawa's Nipa Banerjee, who headed CIDA's efforts in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2006, Ron Hoffmann, Canada’s new Ambassador to Afghanistan, formerly deputy head of mission there, and yours truly.

You can listen to it all here.

I'd say it went extremely well. Maybe it was because it was us three Canucks talking to an American audience, but there sure seemed like a lot of consensus among us. It helped that Martin was hosting. He's a solid journalist, and born in Lachine, Quebec, besides.

UPDATE: The Huffington Post version of the conversation is headlined "Canadians Fiercely Debate Their Role In Afghanistan." Who knew?

Elsewhere, I see reports that Ameer Haider Khan Hoti of the Awami National Party has directed officials to distribute 30,000 rifles among “patriotic people” and “peace loving groups” to guard their villages and assist in the struggle against the Taliban.

If you can’t count on Islamabad, or Washington or Brussels, the least you must do is arm the people.

ANP Zindabad.


Blogger Kurt Langmann said...

John Prine has a great story about being misunderstood or misinterpreted; happens to the best of us:

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Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

"He's a solid journalist, and born in Lachine, Quebec, besides."

This one is lost on the general population of the readers. I mean, what is so special in being born in ... whatever?

10:41 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...


It means that as a lad who grew up in Canada, Savidge is familiar with our habits of speech, our distinct modes of thought, and our exotic and inscrutable customs - always handy when an American is trying to sort out whassup with us Cheeseheads.

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